The Definitive Guide To Japanese Horror Movies

Definitive Guide to Japanese Horror MoviesThis is Japanverse’s definitive guide to Japanese Horror.

This guide is an exhaustive listing of Japanese horror movies that will be continually updated as new movies are released or announced. We believe this to be the most thorough and comprehensive listing of Japanese Horror movies on a single page.

Since this list will never be complete, feel free to drop a comment below and let us know of any films we may have missed.

Not Your Average Listing

Most J-horror movie lists you find on the web are generally pretty similar. You’ll see movies like Noroi, Kairo, Juon or Ringu gracing the top spots. While those are indeed great films and worth a watch, any self-respecting horror buff has long since made their acquaintance. We wanted to go beyond that – we wanted to list every Japanese horror movie worth a watch.

Since we believe every J-Horror film is worth a watch, we hope this list will become a listing of every Japanese horror film ever made. However, since such a large, unabridged list could overwhelm a casual horror fan, we will highlight & categorize movies using a tiered ranking system.

The Beta List

We attempted something slightly similar with our “Top 10 Japanese horror movies (you probably haven’t seen)” article last year. It was an attempt to give readers a short listing of underrated J-horror films that don’t get as much attention as the bigger name films. This time around, we’re going deeper, much deeper… We recruited a few incredibly experienced otaku/Japanophiles to assist us with the project. They each compiled their own listing of horror movies which were then merged into the mega-listing you can view below.

Forever A Work In Progress

We have no intentions of ever completing this list – it will remain a work in progress. As long as Japan continues to produce their unique horror movies, we will continue to update this page. We will be adding new movies as soon as they’re released, or when titles are announced in Japan.

Tiers Of Blood

We are going with a tiered ranking system to indicate the quality of a particular movie. Films in Tier 1 are icons of the genre – the best of the best. Movies in Tier 2 are a must see and will surely entertain (or horrify) you. Tier 3 are where the average, run-of-the-mill movies take up residence, while Tier 4 movies should probably be skipped entirely, however, they can still hold a certain appeal to a narrow demographic. Tier X are movies we either haven’t seen or have very little data on.

Films marked with a star (★) single out films which are on the cusp of ascending into a higher tier. They are the best movies within a tier.

Don’t miss our “Non-Tiered” ranking at the very bottom. Movies in that tier are either brand spankin’ new or have yet to be released. We have included our projected rankings based on either the movie trailers, box office profits in Japan, movie reviews, or a combination of all three.


These tier 1 movies define not only Japanese horror, but Asian horror in general. They are iconic and represent the best of the best of what Japan has to offer. If you spot a movie on this list that you have yet to see, immediately go seek out a copy or find a place to stream it. These films should be relatively easy to find due to their popularity and quality.

Audition (1999)
Battle Royale (2000)
Chakushin ari (One Missed Call) (2003)
Cold Fish (2010)
Confessions (2010)
Cure (1997)
Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara (Dark Water) (2002)
Hausu (House) (1977)
Jisatsu Sakuru (Suicide Club) (2001)
Juon: The Grudge (2000)
Juon: The Grudge 2 (2000)
Kairo (Pulse) (2001)
Kwaidan (1964)
Kowai Onna (Unholy Woman) (2006)
Noroi the Curse (2005)
Purei (Pray) (2005)
Ringu (The Ring) (1998)
Rinne (Reincarnation) (2005)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Uzumaki (Spiral) (2000)
Visitor Q (2004)
Yogen (Premonition)(2004)

Worth A Watch - Tier 2

These films are lacking something small which keeps them from ascending into Tier 1. They are great films, and certainly worth a watch if you’re a horror fan, or a fan of J-horror. You will be entertained by watching them. However, they’re not game changers nor do they break any molds. Most of the films here should be easy to track down if you’re resourceful, but it’s doubtful you’ll find any English dubbed copies. You’ll probably have to settle for a subtitled version.

Another (Live Action) (2012)
Battle Royale 2 (2003)
Blood: The Last Vampire (Live Action) (2009)
Creepy Hide and Seek (2009)
Fu Rai (White Panic) (2005) ★
Gantz (Live Action) (2011)
Gantz 2: Perfect Answer (Live Action) (2011)
Gomenasai (2011)
Gozu (2003)
Gusha no Bindume (Hellevator) (2004)
Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
Honto ni atta kowai hanashi: Jushiryou (1992)
Jigoku (The Sinners of Hell) (1960)
Juon: Shiroi Roujo (2009)
Juon: Girl in black (2009)
Juon TV SP: The Grudge (2003)
Juon TV SP: The Grudge 2 (2004)
Juon Prequels: Katasumi and 4444444444 (1998)
Kadokawa Horror & Mystery Tales 1,2,3 (2005) ★
Kaidan Kasane ga Fuchi (The Depths) (1957)
Kaidan Bancho Sara Yashiki (1957)
Karaoke Terror (2003)
Karuto (Cult) (2013)
King Game (2010)
Korei (Seance) (2001)
Nihon no Kowai Yoru (Dark Tales of Japan Anthology) (2004)
Occult (2009)
Oikawa Ataru (Apartment 1303) (2007) ★
Onibaba (1964)
Orochi: Blood (2008)
Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night (2010)
Ringu 2 (The Ring 2) (1999)
Ringu: Rasen (1998)
Ringu 0: Birthday (2000)
Saimin (Hypnosis) (1999)
Sakebi (Retribution) (2006)
Scary True Stories 1, 2 & 3 (Anthology) (1992)
Schoolgirl Apocalypse (2011)
Shibuya Kaidan (The Locker) (2004)
Shinkuronishiti (Black Kiss) (2004)
Souseiji (Gemini) (1999)
Tales of Terror From Japan: Four Roads (2007) ★
Tales of Terror From Tokyo (Volumes 1-5) (2007-2008) ★
Tales Of Terror: Haunted Apartment (2005)
The Booth (2005)
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
The Incite Mill (2010)
Three Extremes: Box (2006) ★
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Tomie: Unlimited (2011)
Versus (2000) ★

Tier 3 - Average

These films are completely average. They are ordinary films that contain the same old cliches and gimmicks. Only dedicated fans of a particular gimmick (found footage, scary ghost girl, haunted house, zombies) should see the movies listed below. Films in this tier aren’t horrible, but they aren’t that good either. You should only watch these movies to kill time.

2LDK (2002)
The ABC’s of Death: J, F & Z (Horror Short) (2012)
Akanbo Shojo (The Baby’s Curse) (2008)
Angel Dust (1994)
Another Heaven (2000)
Aragami (2003) ★
Bingo (2012)
Chakushin Ari 2 (One Missed Call 2) (2005)
Chakushin Ari Final (One Missed Call Final) (2006)
Chanbara Beauty (2008)
Chichibu Demon (2011)
Dead Sushi (2012)
Denchu Kozo No Boken (1987)
Densen Uta (Suicide Song) (2007) ★
Doppelganger (2003)
Dororo (2007)
Eko Azaraku: Wizard of Darkness (1995)
Ekusute (Hair Extensions) (2007)
Enbamingu (Embalming) (1999)
Evil Death Trap (1988)
Haze (2005)
Helldriver (2011)
Higanjima (Escape From Vampire Island) (Live Action) (2010)
Inagawa Junji: No Shinjitsu No Horror (Anthology) (2003)
Kaibyou Otama-ga-ike (Ghost Cat of Otoma Pond) (1960)
Kami No Hidarite Akuma No Migite (God’s Left Hand, Devil’s Right Hand) (2006)
Kaosu (Chaos) (2000)
Keitai Kanojo (2011) ★
Ki-re-i? (2004)
Koi No Tsumi (Guilty of Romance) (2011)
Kuroi Ie (The Black House) (1999)
Kuroyuri Danchi (The Complex) (2013) ★
Kyoufu Ya Wa (Horror Night Stories Anthology) (2003) ★
Forbidden Siren (2006)
Freeze Me (2000) ★
Gakkou no Kaidan 1-4 (1996-1999)
Girls’ College Terror (2009)
Hasami Otoko (Man Behind the Scissors) (2005)
Ikisudama (Shadow of the Wraith) (2001)
Izo (2004)
Joyu-Rei (Don’t Look Up) (1996)
Kabe Otoko (The Wall Man)(2006)
Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter) (2004)
Kakashi (Scarecrow) (2001)
Kansen (Infection) (2004) ★
Kazuo Umezu’s Horror Theater (Anthology) (2005-2007)
Lesson of the Evil (2012)
Loft (2005)
Marebito (2004)
Mizuchi (Death Water) (2006)
Moon Child (2003) ★
Neighbour No. 13 (2005)
New Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan (2012)
Nightmare Detective (2006) ★
Nightmare Detective 2 (2008)
Otsuyu: Kaidan Botan Doro (Haunted Lantern) (1998)
P.O.V: Norowareta Firumu (A Cursed Film) (2012) ★
Prayer Beads (Anthology) (2004)
Rampo Noir (2005) ★
Robogeisha (2009) ★
Saigo no Bansan (2005)
Saitai (Birthright) (2012)
Samayou Yaiba (The Hovering Blade) (2009)
Shibito no koiwazurai (Love Ghost) (2001)
Shibuya Kaidan 2 (The Locker 2) (2004)
Shirome (White Eyes) (2010)
Shrill Cries of Summer (2008) ★
Shrill Cries 2: Reshuffle (2009)
Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007) ★
Starfish Hotel (2006)
Synesthesia (2005)
Tales From The Dead (Anthhology) (2008) ★
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
Tetsuo III: The Bulletman (2009)
The Discarnates (1988)
The Shock Labyrinth 3D (2009)
Tomie 1,2,3,4 (1999-2005)
Tomie Vs Tomie (2007)
Underworld (Anthology) (2005) ★
Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009)
Vital (2004)
Zoo (2005)

Tier 4 - Below Average

Most movies in this tier make those Syfy channel B-movies look like Academy Award candidates. While we don’t knock movies for having a low budget, most of these movies are low budget and horrible. There may be a few that could qualify for tier 3 status based on a unique story or plot, however, atrocious acting ruined the prospect. These films appeal to dedicated niche fans.

964 Pinocchio (1991)
Alien Vs Ninja (2010) ★
All Night Long (1992)
All Night Long 2 (1995)
Battlefield Baseball (2004)
Black Rat (2010)
Kurosufaia (Crossfire) (2000)
Deadball (2011)
Death Tube (2010)
Death Tube 2 (2010)
Dead Waves (2005) ★
Debiruman (Devilman) (2004) ★
Eko Eko Azaraku 2: Birth of a Wizard (1996)
Eko Eko Azaraku 3 (1998)
End Call (2008)
Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992)
Executive Koala (2005)
Girl Hell 1999 (1999)
Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers (2007) ★
Guinea Pig (1985)
Gurotesuku (Grotesque) (2009) ★
ID (2005)
Joshikyoei Hanrangun (Undead Pool) (2007)
Junk (2000)
Ju-Rei: The Uncanny (2004)
Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro (The Haunted Apartments) (2005)
Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Igyou (2012)
Keitai Kareshi (2009) ★
Konkurito (Concrete) (2004)
Kosoku Baba (The Crone) (2013)
Kuchisake Onna 2 (2008) ★
Kuroneko (Black Cat) (1968) ★
Kyofu (The Sylvian Experiment) (2010)
Kyonyu doragon: Onsen zonbi vs sutorippa 5 (2010)
Lucky Sky Diamond (1990)
Mail (2004)
Man Hunting: Redemption (2011)
Matango (Attack of the Mushroom People) (1962)
Meatball Machine (2005)
Mohou-han (The Copycat Killer) (2002)
Mutant Girls Squad (2010)
Negative Happy Chain Saw Edge (2007)
Onechanbara: The Vortex (2009)
Onryou (Anthology) (2004)
Organ (1996)
Otogiriso (2001)
Otoshimono (Ghost Train)(2006)
Parasaito Ivu (1997) ★
Red Room (1999) ★
Red Room 2 (1999)
Sadako 3D (2012) ★
Sadako 3D2 (2013) ★
Samurai Princess (2009)
Scream Girls (2008)
Scream Girls 2 (2010)
Shibyo Osen: Dead Rising (2010)
Shikoku (1999)
Shojo no Harawata (1986)
Shudan Satsujin Kurabu 1,2,3,4 (Big Slaughter Club) (2003-2004)
Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)
Strip Mahjong Battle Royale (2012)
The Living Skeleton (1968)
Toire no Hanako-san (School Mystery) (1995)
Tokyo Gore School (Game Over) (2009) ★
Tokyo Zombie (2005)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1956) ★
Watashi no Akachan (Lizard Baby) (2004)
Wild Zero (1999)
World Apartment Horror (1991)
XX (2007) ★
Yamagata Scream (2009)
Yokai Daisenso (Big Monster War) (1968)
Zankoku Hanten (Cruel Restaurant) (2008)
Zombie Dead (2008)
Zombie Hunter Rika (2008) ★
Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011)

Tier X - Low/No Data

Movies in this tier are unknown to us. They’re either incredibly obscure, or we haven’t been able to get a copy to watch (or we simply haven’t found the time). There could be a few gems in here, but don’t expect to find any tier 1 films. There are usually good reasons why films in this tier are unknown and/or obscure. This tier is better known as the casino tier – seeing a film in this tier is a gamble.

1942 (2005)
2Channel no Noroi Shin Gekijouban Honki (The Curse of 2Chan) (2012)
9+1 (2008)
A Chain of Cursed Murders (2006)
A Demon Has Come (Horror Short) (2009)
A Gap In The Skin (2005)
Abata (Avatar) (2011)
Ai Jin Rei (Ghost Lover) (1999)
Ai no Ejiki: Onna Kyoshi Haruka no Kokuhaku (2010)
Ai no Borie (Empire of Passion) (1978)
Aihyoka 1-3 (Cursed Songs) (2008)
Ako Kuro (Twilight Phantom) (2007)
Akuma ga Sumu Ie (House Where Evil Lives) (2001)
Ame no Machi (The Vanished) (2006)
Anata no Shiranai Kowai Hanashi 1-3 (Unknown Tales of Horror) (2011)
Ashura (Blood Gets in Your Eyes) (2005)
Ashurajo no Hitomi (Eyes of Asura Castle) (2005)
Asoko no seki (2005)
Bakeneko (A Vengeful Spirit) (1968)
Bourei Gakkyuu: Shoujo no Senritsu (1997)
Boy from Hell (2004)
Buraddo (Blood) (2009)
Cho Akunin (Hyper Villain) (2011)
Cho Kowai Hanashi A: Yami no Karasu (Cursed) (2004)
Chushingura Gaiden Yotsuya (Crest of Betrayal) (1994)
Christmas Eve (2001)
Dan Oniroku Hakui Nawa Jigoku (1980)
Dear heart: Furuete Nemure (2009)
Death Kappa (2010)
Death (2011)
Death Powder (1986)
Down to Hell (1998)
Egg (2002)
Eko Eko Azarak: Misa the Dark Angel (1998)
Eko Eko Azarak: Awakening (2001)
Eko Eko Azarak: R-Page (2006)
Enkiri Village: Dead End Survival (2011)
Entrails of a Virgin (1986)
Evil of Dracula (1974)
Fuuin Eizou 1-11 (2011-2013)
Fuuin Sareta Shinrei Shashin (2008)
Gakidama: Kanzen-ban (Demon Within) (1985)
Gakko Ura Site (2009)
GeGeGe no Kitaro 2: Sennen Noroi Uta (2008)
Ghost Photos: The Cursed Images (2006)
Ghost System (2002)
Goth (2008)
Gosurori Shokeinin (Gothic & Lolita Psycho) (2010)
Gui Jia (The Ghost Lover) (1976)
Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God (1986)
Hakkyousuru Kuchibiru (Crazy Lips) (2000)
Harami: White Fear (2005)
Henge (2011)
High School Ghosthustlers (1995)
Hikarigoke (Luminous Moss) (1992)
Hiruko the Goblin (1991)
Hitori Kakurenbo (2008)
Hontou ni Utsutta! Kanshi Camera (2012)
Horror of a Deformed Man (1969)
Housou Kinshi (2006)
Housou Kinshi 4: Kyoufu no Rinjin Trouble (2008)
Ichi-1 (Ichi the Killer Prequel) (2001)
Ima, Yari ni Yukimasu (2012)
Imprint (2006)
Inferno of Torture (1969)
Inugami no tatari (Curse of the God Dog) (1977)
Isola: Tajuu Jinkaku Shojo (2000)
Jigoku (1979)
Jigoku (Japanese Hell) (1999)
Jigoku no Keibin (Guard from Hell) (1992)
Jigokuhen (Portrait of Hell) (1969)
Jukai (2005)
Kaidan (2007)
Kaidan Ama Yurei (Ghost of the Girl Diver) (1960)
Kaiden Arima Neko (Ghost Cat of Arima) (1937)
Kaidan Chibusa Enoki (The Mother Tree) (1958)
Kaidan Honjo Nanafushigi (Seven Mysteries) (1957)
Kaidan Hebi Onna (Snake Woman’s Curse) (1968)
Kaidan Nobori Ryu (1970)
Kaidan Oiwa no borei (Ghost Of Oiwa) (1964)
Kaiki! Shinin Shojo (Horror Short) (2004)
Kaisha no Kaidan 1 & 2 (1997)
Kanno no Yakata: Hitozuma Shoten (The Dollhouse) (2004)
Kibakichi 1 & 2 (Werewolf Warrior) (2004)
Kichiku Dai Enkai (Large Banquet of the Beasts) (1997)
Kikuropusu (Cyclops) (1987)
Kill Onigokko (2004)
Kiseichuu: Kiraa Pusshii (2004)
Koibone (2005)
Kokkuri-san (1997)
Kotoko (2011)
Kowai Douga Noroi no Toshi Densetsu (2011)
Kuchisake (2005)
Kuchisake Onna Returns (2012)
Kuroi Ame (Black Rain) (1989)
Kuronezumi (2010)
Kuso Subarashii Kono Sekai (2013)
Kyoko vs. Yuki (2000)
Kyou: Magamagashii 1-3 (Ominious Evil)(2012)
Kyofu Ressha (Death Train) (2004)
Kyofu Shinbun (Scary Newspaper) (2011)
Kyoufu no Kiroku: Iwakutsuki no Douga Hyaku Monogatari (2008)
Kyuketsu Ga (Vampire Moth) (1956)
Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (1968)
Hitsuji no Uta (Lament of the Lamb) (2001)
Last Coffin (2006)
Lost Harmony (2011)
Marronnier (2004)
Meri-san no Denwa (2011)
Mizu ni Sumu Hana (Romance of Darkness) (2006)
Mo hitori iru (Alter ego) (2002)
Moju (Blind Beast) (1969)
Moju tai Issunboshi (Blind Beast vs. Dwarf) (2001)
Monoroi (2009)
Monsters Club (2011)
Multiple Personality Detective Psycho 1,2,3 (2000)
Murasaki Kagami (2010)
My Soul Is Slashed (1991)
Nagai Yume (2000)
Naked Blood: Megyaku (1996)
Nanatsu Made wa Kami no Uchi (2011)
Nama Gomi: Shitaiiki (2000)
Nekome Kozo (Cat-Eyed Boy) (2006)
Night Head (1995)
Nihon de Ichiban Kowai Hanashi Edo Kaidan (2011)
Ninja Death (1987)
Not Found 1-7: Net Kara Sakujo Sareta Kindan Douga (2012)
Oboreru hito (Drowning Man) (2002)
Oh! My Zombie Mermaid (2004)
Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master (2001)
Onmyoji 2 (2003)
Onne (2006)
Oshikiri (2000)
Osoi hito (Late Bloomer) (2004)
Oyayubi Sagashi (Vanished) (2006)
Paranormal Psychic: A Grudge (2012)
Raifu izu Deddo (Life is Dead) (2011)
Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 1 & 2 (2012)
Reibaku: Shojo no Shibari (2006)
Rensa: Noroi no Bideo (The Cursed Video) (2000)
Rubbers Lover (1993)
S-94 (Horror Short) (2009)
Saikyoju Tanjo Nezura (Nezulla) (2002)
Sangeki-kan: Yumeko (Yumeko’s Nightmare) (2002)
Saru (2003)
Satsujinbachi: Kira bi (2005)
Satsu Satsu – Ayame (1999)
School of the Holy Beast (1974)
Senrei (Baptism of Blood) (1996)
Senritsu Shoto: Shoto Kowabana Kyou Hanashi Yuurei Hotel (2012)
Shin Kyofu Taiken: Kiku to Nowareru Tapu (2002)
Shiningyou no Hakaba (Doll Cemetary) (2004)
Shinizokonai no Ao (2008)
Shinku (The Deep Red) (2005)
Shinsei toire no Hanako-san (1998)
Shisha no Gakuensai (2000)
Shita: Deadly Silence (Horror Short) (2004)
Siren 2,3,4 (1994-1996)
Sky High (2003)
Sodomu no Ichi (2004)
Soginin: Andateika (Undertaker) (2012)
Strange Circus (2005)
Suicide Manual (2003)
Swans Song (2002)
Sweet Home (1989)
Tales of the Unusual (2000)
Talk to the Dead (2013)
Tantei Monogatari (Detective Story) (2007)
Teketeke 1 & 2 (2009)
Teito Monogatari Gaiden (1995)
Tense (2006)
The Chasing World (2008)
The Haunted Castle (1969)
The Ravaged House: Zoroku’s Disease (2004)
Toire no Hanako-san: Kieta Shojou no Himistu (1997)
Tokyo 10+01 (2003)
Tokyo Psycho (2004)
Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)
Toukou Sarete Kita! Noroi no Shinrei Eizou (2010)
Toukou Onryou Eizou Kyuu Hen (2012)
Twilight File VI (2009)
Twilight Syndrom: Dead Go Round (2008)
Rabbit Horror 3D (Tormented 3D) (2011)
Ubume no Natsu (2005)
Urufu Gai: Moero Okami Otoko (1975)
Vampire Doll (1970)
Warau Iemon (2004)
X Game 1, 2 (2010)
Yami Douga 1-5 (Videos of Darkness 1-5) (2012-2013)
Yatsuhaka-mura (Village of Eight Gravestones) (1977)
Yojaso no Mao (1957)
Yoroi: Samurai Zonbi (Samurai Zombie) (2008)
Yotsuya Kaidan 1 & 2 (1949)
Youkai Tengoku (Ghost Hero) (1990)
Yurika-chan (1997)
Yumeji (1991)
Za Hora Kaiki Gekijo: Kaiki! Shinin Shojo (2004)
Zombie Self-Defense Force (2006)

Upcoming Horror Movies

Films here are either brand new, still in theaters, or currently in the process of filming. These are the films we plan to watch as soon as we can get our hands on a copy. Next to the films are our projected tier ranking. We based the projections on box office success, the movie trailer, who wrote the script or directed, and reviews.

Ada (Rival) (2013) (Projected Tier 3)
Bilocation (2014) (Projected Tier 2/3)
Fuan No Tane (Live Action) (2013) – (Projected Tier 2/3)
Ikenie no Jirenma (The Sacrifice Dilemma) (2013) – (Projected Tier 2)
Judge (Live Action) (2013) – (Projected Tier 3)
Kuroyuri Danchi (The Complex) (2013) – (Projected Tier 1/2)
Nemurihime: Dream On Dreamer (2014) – (Projected Tier 3/4)
Roommate (2013) – (Projected Tier 2/3)
Toire no Hanako-san (2013) – (Projected Tier 3/4)
Zekkyou Gakkyuu (Screaming Class) (2013) – (Projected Tier 3/4)

Well there you have it. If you see a Japanese horror film not listed here, feel free to leave a comment or mail us and let us know. It’s a dynamic industry and new movies are being released constantly. As such, our list will also be dynamic – look for constant and frequent updates as we find new movies to add.


  1. Ichikawa

    June 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    That’s an impressive listing indeed. I’m going to bookmark it as a reference. I highly recommend checking out Audition, Kairo, Suicide Club and Confessions. Those are some of my favorite films of all time. Especially Confessions, that movie will blow your mind.

    • sakura9

      June 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Kairo is much better than the American remake (Pulse). Kairo has such a creepy vibe throughout. It’s a long movie, and goes slow, but I think that’s what makes it so much better.

  2. sleuce

    June 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    As you probably guessed, I find your “Low/No Data” category somewhat controversial.

    Goth is not really a horror movie, but it is a very endearing tale a friendship between outcasts.

    A Gap in the Skin is not horror. It’s a very, um, interesting (?) film. I like it, but I’m not sure many would have the patience for it. It’s slow-moving but a very unique experience.

    Imprint is relatively well-known an objectively pretty good. It’s directed by Takashi Miike…

    Strange Circus is a masterpiece as far as I’m concerned, but only certain parts seems like horror.

    I give you a lot of credit for acknowledging Noriko’s Dinner Table, though.

  3. Gringo

    June 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Juon and Ringu, I think, are among best horror movies ever made. I think they’re not ranked as high as the Exorcist because they’re not from Hollywood – there’s bias involved. People tend to favor things from their own country and culture.

    • Darko

      July 2, 2013 at 6:43 am

      I’m partial to Audition. Nothing has ever creeped me out more than that movie. Ringu and Juon were good ghost movies, but they didn’t have that dread like Audition had.

  4. Nicole B

    July 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I have seen all but 3 of the top tier movies. I have to say though suicide club and Juon are two of my all time favorites.

  5. Koda

    December 7, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Hey, I hopped on here to check out some new films to watch! Just wanna say, I’ve seen Strange Circus (I’m a big Sion Sono fan, maker of Suicide Club if ya didn’t know.), and I can safely say this is one AMAZING film. It’s definitely shocking and appalling, most certainly confusing, certifiably taboo, but I cannot possibly run out of good things to say about this mindfrack of a movie. Absolutely AMAZING, check it out if you get the chance.

  6. Koda

    December 7, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Also, I wouldn’t quite classify 2LDK as a horror film. Quite a great film for what it is, but horror is definitely not what it is.

  7. Isabella

    January 21, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’ve really been wanting to watch Koibone. Guess it is really unknown to the internet.

  8. Paolo Tedoldi

    March 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    How can Angel Dust possibly be average? It came out at least half a decade before all the iconic ones you have listed, except for Kwaidan and Tetsuo, and it’s probably the earliest movie you could link to the “j-horror” aesthetic, came out when the word “j-horror” didn’t even exist. I understand you can personally dislike it or find it weak, but the average category is for “films that contain the same old cliches and gimmicks”, and in the case of Angel Dust it’s almost scientifically wrong to say that since it came out way before those cliches and gimmicks were even created, plus, in my humble opinion, it’s a very singular movie, Sogo Ishii’s best with August in the Water and Yume no ginga. I would suggest to upgrade it at least to the “Worth a watch” category, if the “Iconic” one is too much for you :P

    - Paolo

  9. hooyeah

    May 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I’ve just seen “Shinsei Toire No Hanako San” and I like it a lot. Like I said, if only it were available on DVD!

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